There are more than just historical re-enactments brewing in Plattsburgh. The town is getting ready to celebrate the bicentennial for the Battle of Plattsburgh, which took place in September 1814. But they're also making efforts to stand out, by making homemade crafted beverages commemorating Plattsburgh history.
"The War of 1812 in a bottle," said Sean Frey, who created Two Heroes Hard Cider.
"We're really trying to bring this experience to life year-round, not just in September. So, if someone comes here in the spring they can still have that immersed experience," said Michele Powers of the North Country Chamber of Commerce.
Three different crafters have made new products dedicated to the War of 1812 and the Battle of Plattsburgh. Elfs Farm created Two Heroes Hard Cider to remember two leaders during battle.
"Because Plattsburgh has such a rich history it was important for us to craft a cider that went along those lines," Frey said.
Champlain Wine Company made Crab Island White Wine to remember a famous landmark.
"It's also been a hospital for both American and British soldiers. It was one of the boundaries during the battle on September 11," said Colin Read, who created Crab Island Wine.
And Plattsburgh Brewing Company's brewmaster crafted Plucky Rooster Ale in honor of an unusual turning point during battle.
"The British had the upper hand on us. They were really bombing one of our ships. And when a cannon ball subsided for a moment, a rooster got out of its cage, go out to the end of one of our cannons and start crowing violently at the British," said Jason Stoyanoff, who created Plucky Rooster Ale.
A different connection with a different flavor. But all the new drinks hold one goal in each bottle-- that anyone who drinks them will remember the importance of Plattsburgh's history year-round.
"I think it goes beyond Plattsburgh," Powers said. "This is a huge event in our country's history. Something shared throughout the world."
You can buy the drinks, but not in Vermont. All three are selling them in-house and some you can find in selected restaurants in the Adirondacks and Plattsburgh.
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